Maclaren: Brisbane will Roar again
The three-time champions beat two other A-League clubs to the young striker’s signature and Maclaren says new coach Aloisi was a major factor in inking a two-year deal.
"John was a big factor," Maclaren told the club’s website after completing his first training session with the Queensland outfit on Monday.
"He offered me a chance to earn regular playing time given the hard work I have to put in first. That challenge appealed to me.”
After several years at the top of the A-League the Roar were humbled last season, just squeaking into the playoffs and then falling at the first hurdle.
But Maclaren, who scored nine goals from seven starts for Perth Glory last season – the league’s sixth highest haul in 2014/15 – is confident he can help the team get back to winning ways
"I know some of the boys here – they are such a good footballing team,” the 21-year-old said.
“They are a young squad, vibrant and just want to do well. To be here and part of their dressing room is really good.
"For many years the Roar have been very successful and if I bring my attributes in terms of putting the ball in the back of the net then I believe this team will be successful again in the future."
The youth international, who has scored 15 goals in 22 appearances for the green and gold, is keen to continue the momentum from last year’s breakout season.
He added: "Once I got that feeling of scoring goals in front of crowds you just want to continue on that. Hopefully I can do that for Brisbane Roar and continue to win games."
Aloisi revealed he followed Maclaren's development from his time as a teenager with Blackburn Rovers, getting regular updates on the youngster from then Socceroos Vince Grella and Brett.
"As soon as Jamie became available, I did everything possible to try and get him,” Aloisi said. “He will be a great addition to the Roar squad.
“He really impressed with his movement and the way that he gets into good positions to score goals.
"Last year he proved he was a natural goal scorer and that is something I believe this team needs and Jamie will help with that.
"He works hard and he will work hard for his team.
"The way Brisbane Roar will play is putting teams under pressure and pressing and working hard.
"Having someone in the box to finish off all the good movement we can provide will create plenty of goal-scoring opportunities for Jamie."